Retinol for Anti-Aging

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Retinoids for Anti-Aging

Retinoids are one of the most effective anti-aging ingredients available on the market. Retinoids are a type of vitamin A that increase cell turnover, increase collagen production, and improve skin texture and tone. Using a retinoid regularly can diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and prevent age spots. It can also help unclog pores and reduce acne breakouts.

What are the different types of retinoids?

There are many different types of retinoids, but the most common ones you will see used are retinols and tretinoin. Retinol is available over-the-counter in drugstores and comes in strengths of 0.25%, 0.5% and 1%. Tretinoin is available as a prescription and it comes in strengths of 0.025%, 0.05% and 0.1%. Retinoids can be irritating for some skin types, particularly sensitive skin, so it’s important to start with a lower concentration and gradually increase it over time as tolerated.

What are the side effects?

Usually, it is recommended that patients start by applying it three times per week and then eventually work up to nightly use. Overuse can lead to problematic side effects, such as irritation, dryness and redness. It is also important to note that retinoids should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women due to the risk of harm to the baby. Women who are planning to become pregnant should also not use a retinoid.

What else is important to know when using retinoids?

Retinoids should only be applied at night in order to prevent break down of the product by sunlight. It’s also essential to use sunscreen during the day when using retinoid, as it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays, which puts you at an increased risk of a sunburn.

Overall, retinoids, whether it is retinol or tretinoin, are great options for individuals looking to combat the signs of aging and improve the overall health and appearance of their skin. In order to receive a personalized skin care routine, book an appointment for a skin care consult with our medical esthetician, Flora. Soon you will be on your way to healthier and younger looking skin!

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